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“I’m thrilled with the incredible crop of writers and directors coming together from so many different niches of Chicago theater this year,” states Curator Hutch Pimentel of First Floor Theater’s festival Twain’s World (July 11-19). “We’ve been able to bring together new and old collaborators for a really exciting mix. With live musicians stringing the night together with bluegrass and folk influenced by Twain’s oeuvre, the convivial atmosphere of Strawdog’s Hugen Hall, and new work from eight Chicago playwrights, you can’t go wrong.”

Held in Hugen Hall at Chicago’s Strawdog Theatre on 3829 N Broadway Street, the festival showcases new work by Will Bishop, Marilyn Campbell, Molly FitzMaurice, Ike Holter, Morgan McNaught, Paul Oakley Stovall, and Emmett Rensin. Twain’s World features directors Josh Altman, Taylor Bailey, Thrisa Hodits, Brandon Moorhead, Jesse Roth, and Andrew Rovner. General admission tickets ($15) are available at www.firstfloortheater.com.

“Last summer’s inaugural season of the Three Oaks Theater Festival was an unequivocal success,” says the festival’s co-founder John Stoops. “This summer, we are bringing even more productions to unique venues throughout the area. We couldn’t be more thrilled with this season and we can’t wait to share it with visitors and residents of beautiful Harbor Country.” For more information on this Michigan festival, visit www.threeoaksfestival.com or call 866-811-4111.

Ricardo Lemvo, Makina Loca, Cheick Hamala Diabate, and Ceci Bastida are among the artists featured at the ninth annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival in Rogers Park. From 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 19, and from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 20, the event includes arts and crafts, ethnic food, and more along Clark Street, between Morse and Estes.

“[The] festival is very special because it has defied the cookie cutter festival landscape that currently exists in Chicago,” explains Music Curator David Chavez. “It’s not about selling beer and listening to cover bands. It’s about celebrating the cultural diversity of the neighborhood both on and off stage.”

For more information, visit http://soundculturechicago.com/event/clark-street-world-music-fest-2014/.

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